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Dear Parents & Guardians,

Attached is our Weekly Sunday Update, which can be found at the link or text below.

Thank you.

Dr. Mayes & Mr. Horlick

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2020_2021_NMS All Grades School Supply List

This Week’s Major Headlines:



  • 2020-21 Schedule Distribution: Academic schedules will be mailed out this week via US Mail to all students. If your mail is returned to Nistchmann, we will require two updated proofs of residency from the last 30 days. If you have moved recently, please contact Mrs. Scott at sscott@basdschools.org 




  • 2020-2021 School Supply List: Please see the 2020-2021 NMS School Supply List at this link.  Please contact your child’s guidance counselor if you have a specific need! Please make sure your child has a comfortable mask to wear for the first day of school. 




  • 6th Grade Orientation: 6th Grade Orientation will be held on Monday, August 31, 2020. Times will be announced this week, as we will be splitting the 6th grade class into A-L and M-Z for our sessions. 




  • BASD Chromebooks: New Chromebooks will be issued to all students during the first week of school. Want to order a case/cover for it? The information is below!  




  • FAQ: Please watch your email, social media sites, and website for our Start of Year FAQ to review for all students in hybrid or e-Learning schedules. 



Parent & Student Weekly Email

Nitschmann Middle School Weekly Update, Home of the Nitschmann Nation!

Sunday, August 9, 2020, to Sunday, August 16, 2020

All of this information can be viewed at our

Nitschmann Middle School Website  under Weekly Announcements (Click Here!)


Links to Review

Schoology Directions for Parents


Upcoming Dates to Be Proactive!

All dates are listed from our NMS Website, BASD Event Calendar, & BASD Academic Calendar 


Weekly Schedule & Highlights

Monday, 8/10/20 Virtual Music Camp (See NIMAS website)

Tuesday, 8/11/20 Virtual Music Camp (See NIMAS website)

Wednesday, 8/12/20 Virtual Music Camp (See NIMAS website)

Thursday, 8/13/20 Virtual Music Camp (See NIMAS website)

Friday, 8/14/20 Virtual Music Camp (See NIMAS website)

Saturday, 8/15/20 

Sunday, 8/16/20 


Monday, 8/17/20 All Office Hours return to normal 8am-3:30pm, Mask Required; Virtual Music Camp (See NIMAS website)

Tuesday, 8/18/20 Virtual Music Camp (See NIMAS website)

Wednesday, 8/19/20 Virtual Music Camp (See NIMAS website)

Thursday, 8/20/20 Virtual Music Camp (See NIMAS website)

Friday, 8/21/20 Virtual Music Camp (See NIMAS website)

Saturday, 8/22/20 

Sunday, 8/23/20 


Monday, 8/24/20 

Tuesday, 8/25/20 

Wednesday, 8/26/20 First Day for Teachers (K-12); Teacher In-Service

Thursday, 8/27/20 Teacher In-Service

Friday, 8/28/20 Teacher In-Service

Saturday, 8/29/20 

Sunday, 8/30/20 


Day Date Cycle Day Notes Hybrid A-L Hybrid M-Z e-Learning 
Monday 8/31 6th Grade Orientation Day (Schedule TBA) @ Home @ Home @ Home
Tuesday 9/1 Day 1/Odd Day First Day of School, Hybrid A-L Chromebook Distribution @ School @ Home @ Home
Wednesday 9/2 Day 1/Odd Day First Day of School, Hybrid M-Z Chromebook Distribution @ Home @ School @ Home
Thursday 9/3 Day 2/Even Day @ School @ Home @ Home
Friday 9/4 Day 2/Even Day @ Home @ School @ Home


Day Date Cycle Day Notes Hybrid A-L Hybrid M-Z e-Learning 
Monday 9/7 No School Labor Day
Tuesday 9/8 Day 3/Odd Day @ School @ Home @ Home
Wednesday 9/9 Day 3/Odd Day @ Home @ School @ Home
Thursday 9/10 Day 4/Even Day @ School @ Home @ Home
Friday 9/11 Day 4/Even Day NMS Patriot Day (Wear Red/White/Blue) @ Home @ School @ Home


2020-2021 School Year (All Dates & Activities are tentative based on BASD directives) 

9/18 School Picture Day/David Nitschmann’s Birthday; 9/28 Yom Kippur, School Closed; 



School-wide Announcements


School Supply List (Mayes) Please see the 2020-2021 NMS School Supply List at this link.  Please contact your child’s guidance counselor if you have a specific need!


BASD Chromebook (Mayes) The BASD Chromebook for 2020-2021 is the 11.6″ Lenovo 500E series 2-in-1 Chromebook Laptop, 2nd generation. Students may purchase a Chromebook case to protect it themselves. When a case is used, a student may put stickers, etc, on the case. Nothing may be placed on the actual Chromebook without a case. 


BASD Chromebooks (Mayes) All students should keep their Chromebooks until the fall, unless you are disenrolling your child from the Bethlehem Area School District. Then, they would be returned at disenrollment to Mrs. Scott in Guidance. A reminder that Go Guardian is still active on all student accounts & laptops. Students will exchange their laptops on the first day of school when at school (September 1 or 2)



Student Services Updates (Mr. Horlick) 

Contact Members of the Student Services Team by email: Mr. Horlick, Assistant Principal; Mrs. Scott, SSC Guidance Secretary; Mrs. Falcone, SSC Attendance Secretary

Schoology Directions for Parents


If you have a concern, or you or someone you know is experiencing cyberbullying, please make a SAFE2SAY referral. If it is an immediate safety matter, please contact the Police first. 



**************************************************************************** Nitschmann Parent Group (NPG) (Twitter!@NitschmannPG)


Executive Committee President 

PAC Representatives 



Core & Encore Team Updates 

Team Lafayette (6th) (Twitter @NMSLafayette Team Leader Mrs. Hackman


Team Lehigh (6th) (Twitter @NMSTeamLehigh Team Leader Mrs. Oliver)  


Team Moravian (6th) – (Twitter @NMSTeam Moravian/Facebook@NMSTeamMoravian Team Leader Mrs. Roufakis


Team Kutztown (7th) (Twitter @TeamKutztown Team Leader Mr. Falteich


Team Penn State (7th) (Twitter @NMSPennState/Facebook @NMSTeamPennState/ Instagram pennstatenms Team Leader Mrs. Getz


Team DeSales (8th) (Twitter @@nmsteamesu Team Leader Mrs. Pouge Instagram)   


Team Northampton (8th) (Twitter @TeamSpartanNMS Team Leader Mrs. Hood)  


Team Pitt (Encore) (Twitter @NMSTeamPitt )


Team Bloomsburg (Encore World Language) (Twitter)



Extracurricular Activities

Is your child interested in an after-school club or activity? Email the advisor for more information!


AM Basketball (Mayes) 


Anime Club (Advisors Ms. Fehr/Mrs. Wallach)  None at this time. 


Art Club (Advisors Ms. Krause/Mrs. Lund) None at this time. 


Artsmart @ Banana Factory (Advisor Mrs. Lare) None at this time. 


Dance Team (Advisor Dr. Sierra) None at this time. 


French Club(Advisor Mrs. Lare)  None at this time. 


German Club (Advisor Mrs. Sofka) None at this time. 


Fitness Club ( Advisor Mrs. Oliver)  None at this time. 


FCS/DIY Club (Advisor Mrs. Hoffman) None at this time. 


Intramurals (Advisor Mr. Ortwein)  None at this time. 


Leadership Council (Advisor Mr. Kocon) None at this time. 


Lion Service Club (Advisor Mrs. McLaughlin) None at this time. 


Lion’s Pride (online school newspaper)  (Advisor Ms. Bouhana) None at this time. 


Mathcounts (Advisor Mrs. Novatnak Lafey) None at this time. 


National Junior Honor Society  (Advisors Mrs. Wallach/Mrs. Druckenmiller) (Twitter-@Njhs_Nitschmann; Instagram- @Njhs_Nistchmann ) None at this time. 


Nitschmann Dramatics (Advisor Mrs. Hriniak)  None at this time. 


Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) (Advisor TBA) None at this time. 


Reading Olympics (Advisor – Mrs. Nonnemacher) None at this time. 


Riding for Focus (Advisors Mr. Miller & Mr. Bellucci) None at this time.


The Lion’s Den School Store  (Advisors Ms. Roufakis & Mrs. Evancho

Application for 6th graders

Online order form….click here.  Orders will not be processed until payment is received!


Save the Sea Turtles Club (Advisor Mrs. Oliver)  None at this time. 


Ski & Snowboard Club (Advisors Mr. Downey and Mrs. Druckenmiller) None at this time. 


Spanish Club (Advisor Ms. Bouhana) None at this time. 


Step Team (Advisor Dr. Sierra) None at this time. 


Strategy Club (Advisor Mr. Kehler) None at this time. 


Yearbook (Advisor TBA) None at this time. 



Nitschmann Middle School Performing Arts Department Updates

Nitschmann Middle School Instrumental Music Website (Click Here!)

Mr. Daniel Zettlemoyer, Instrumental Music 


Summer Music Camp Begins This Week!  Please check your Cuttime account and NIMAS website for times & dates for practices this week.


Attention 6th grade students!.  If you are interested in joining the Nitschmann band as a majorette, flag, rifle, or member of the honor guard, click this link (https://forms.gle/fx9capDJwA1bxGo97) to request information. Here is a video that describes each section:  https://youtu.be/Cy4kzkstGQU


Choral Music (Twitter @ldevriesmusicMrs. Linda de Vries, Choral Music Director    

Mrs. Jody Parris, Choral Music Director



Lions/Lady Lions Athletics Updates (Twitter @NMS_Athletics)

Mr. Jon Ortwein, NMS Athletic Director


2020-2021 Interscholastic Sports (Ortwein) The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference (EPC) has delayed practices until September. Practices and games will be delayed until then.  BASD Physical Forms must be completed. Please submit completed forms to the Student Services Office.  The forms are available at this link. 



Cheerleading (Head Coach Mrs. Long kllong@basdschools.org)



Boys Football (Head Coach Mr. Villiani mvillani@basdschools.org)


Co-Ed Cross Country (Head Coach Miss Schwartz lschwartz@basdschools.org)


Girls Volleyball (Head Coach Mrs. Hinkel ahinkel@basdschools.org)


Girls Field Hockey (Mr. Burzynski bburzynski@basdschools.org)



Boys MS Basketball (Head Coach Mr. Wills)


Girls MS Basketball (Head Coach Mr. Ortwein jortwein@basdschools.org)


Boys & Girls LHS HS Wrestling (Head Coach Mr. Hall)



Girls MS Softball (Head Coach Mr. Kocon ekocon@basdschools.org)


Co-Ed MS Soccer (Head Coach Mr. Rodenbach srodenbach@basdschools.org )





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